Madrigal & Chamber Choir Festivals, San Antonio and North Texas

2021 Dates



March 5 & 6, 2021
University United Methodist Church
San Antonio, TX



February 27, 2021
Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church Richardson, TX


*New! Groups with up to 32 singers accepted, North Texas Site only.*

Overview



American Classic Tours and Music Festivals invites you to our flagship music festival in our home town of San Antonio. Experience the exceptional singing, camaraderie, competition and clinics which are the hallmark of American Classic’s premier choral festival. Competition Participants compete for first place and the designation of Honor Choir for the following year’s festival. A three judge panel will evaluate each performance and provide both ratings and written comments. The adjudicators will also rank each choir’s performance in order to designate first place and first, second and third runner up. The judging panel will provide additional recognition with the “Performance of Distinction” award for notable performances. Concert and Awards The Honor Choir Concert is presented Saturday evening by the previous year’s first place winner at the conclusion of the competition and clinics. An awards ceremony follows the concert, where trophies are awarded to ensembles earning a superior rating. Additional awards are presented to the first place winner, first, second and third runners up and performances of distinction.

2020 San Antonio Adjudicators and Clinicians


Adjudicators

James Franklin, Director of Choral Activities, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC where he conducts the ECU Chamber Singers, directs the graduate program in choral conducting, and teaches undergraduate conducting. Recent honors include invitations to perform at the National ACDA Conference (Kansas City, MO), European Grand Prix for Choral Singing (Varna, Bulgaria), SW-ACDA Conference (Little Rock, AR), Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC), and Duke Chapel (Durham, NC).  Franklin remains active as a guest conductor and clinician with frequent invitations across the United States.

In addition to his duties at ECU, Franklin remains active as a singer. He has performed with many professional choirs including the Grammy-nominated South Dakota Chorale, Taylor Festival Choir, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Dallas Bach Society, Houston Bach Society, and Fuma Sacra of New Jersey.  Recent recording projects include CDs with Taylor Festival Choir (2018) and South Dakota Chorale (2016 & 2014). Prior to his conducting at the collegiate level, he taught public high school and middle school choir in Texas where he has often served as a clinician and adjudicator. He received his BME, vocal emphasis, from Baylor University, his MM in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College, and his DMA degree from the University of North Texas. (picture) Richard Robbins is Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he conducts the University Singers and Chamber Singers, and teaches choral conducting and methods. Dr. Robbins travels extensively as a conductor for choral festivals and honor choirs across the country, with recent engagements in Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York City. His early music editions are published internationally, and he has presented on a range of topics for music education and conducting organizations, including the American Choral Directors Association, and internationally at Warsaw’s Chopin Conservatory of Music (Poland). Dr. Robbins has prepared choirs for the Houston Ballet and for over 50 performances with the Houston Symphony. Currently, he is the Chorus Master for the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Choral groups under Dr. Robbins’ direction have earned awards at numerous festivals, and have collaborated with a wide range of classical and pop artists.He previously served as Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, and taught choral music in Texas at South Houston High School and Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where he was named Teacher of the Year. He also serves as a festival conductor for the American Federation Pueri Cantores, the Vatican’s youth music organization.


Meg Frazier, Director, School of Music, College of Music and Fine Arts, Rita O. Huntsinger Distinguished, Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities, Loyola University, New Orleans, LA. A native Texan, Dr. Frazier earned her BMEd and MM at Sam Houston State (studying with Bev Henson) and her DMA at LSU (studying with Ken Fulton). She taught in the Texas public schools before teaching at Beloit College in Wisconsin and subsequently moving to Loyola in 1998. At Loyola, Dr. Frazier conducts the Loyola Chorale, Chorale SSA, and Loyola Chamber Singers. Loyola choirs have performed for regional ACDA, MENC, and NAfME conferences. She teaches choral methods, beginning and conducting. The School of Music presents over 250 public performances each concert season as a vibrant part of the cultural life of New Orleans.

A frequent guest clinician and conductor, she has conducted all-state choirs in Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alaska, and Louisiana and honor choirs in 15 states. She adjudicates for multiple music festivals each season, both in New Orleans and regionally. She is the Artistic Director/Conductor for the award-winning choirs of NOVA, a community-based choral organization. NOVA’s Masterworks serves as the symphony chorus for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. NOVA and the Loyola choirs also collaborate with the New Orleans Opera.


Michael Murphy, Director of Choral Activities, Associate Professor of Music, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX. Prior to his appointment to SFA, Michael was Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor at University of Idaho where he was Founder and Artistic Director of the Idaho Bach Festival and was recognized with the UI Faculty Award for outstanding scholarship, teaching, and engagement.

Dr. Murphy is an active clinician, adjudicator, author, and composer. His international conducting experiences include Austria, China, Czech Republic, Sweden, and Germany. In 2016, Michael was awarded the Confucius Institute Understanding China Fellowship and served as Visiting Scholar in Choral Music in Guangzhou, China. In the summer and fall of 2019, Michael will travel to South and Central America and give conducting masterclasses in Ecuador and Panama. Murphy has been published several times in Choral Journal and is a contributing author to volume 4 of Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir, published by GIA.  As a passionate champion of music for all, he has experience teaching all ages and levels and several auditioned and non-auditioned collegiate, community, school, and church choirs. Michael has held several state and national leadership positions in ACDA, NAfME, and NCCO.

 

Clinicians 


Richard Bjella, Director of Choral Studies Emeritus, Texas Tech University, Artistic Director for the San Antonio Chamber Choir, Appleton, WI, has distinguished himself as a conductor, clinician, choral pedagogue and choral arranger. He has been honored to have his choirs appear at the 2009 and 2013 National ACDA Conventions, as well as performances at Carnegie Hall, Orchestra Hall, and at TMEA conventions. In addition, Bjella’s graduate conductors also received finalist recognition in conducting competitions at two of the most recent National ACDA Conventions and one was awarded the Julius Herford Dissertation Prize.

He has conducted and presented masterclasses throughout the world and at over 400 festivals and workshops in 32 states. He is also active in the promotion of creative choral programming and is a contributing writer for the book, The Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy (2017) with his chapter, The Art of Successful Programming: Study, Selection, and Synthesis. Bjella also served as President of the WCDA (Wisconsin) and was awarded the prestigious Lawrence Excellence in Teaching Award (2007) and the Morris Hayes Lifetime Achievement Award (2013) from WCDA. Most recently, Bjella was the recipient of a 2017 Professing Excellence Award at Texas Tech University. Presently, he is the Artistic Director for the San Antonio Chamber Choir. (picture) Z. Randall Stroope is an American conductor, composer. He is also the Doug and Nickie Burns Chair of Choral Music at Oklahoma State University, where he coordinates the vocal and choral conducting program. In the United States, he has conducted at most of the major concert halls, including Chicago Orchestra Hall, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Carnegie Hall (where he has conducted every year since 2001). He has conducted 45 all-state choirs, and numerous festival choirs in the United States. Internationally, Randall has directed in Hong Kong, Barcelona, Nova Scotia, Dublin and and Rome in the past year. He has 165 published musical works, including Four Spanish Sonnets of Garcilaso de la Vega, Conversion of Saul, Amor de mi alma, Christi Mutter (Stabat Mater), and Go Lovely Rose. His composition teachers were Normand Lockwood and Cecil Effinger, both students of Nadia Boulanger, the famous French teacher (and student of Gabriel Fauré.) In the final analysis, Randall loves working with students and making a difference – that is the greatest contribution.


John Dickson, Director of Choral Studies, Edward G. and Catherine M. Galante Chair for Choral Music Education, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. As Director of Choral Studies, he conducts the A Cappella Choir and supervises the masters and doctoral programs in choral conducting. He is also the conductor of Coro Vocati, one of Atlanta’s most accomplished professional chamber choirs.

As a conducting pedagogue, Dr. Dickson has presented master-classes before the Association of British Choral Directors and the Russian State Music Conservatories of St. Petersburg and Moscow. Beginning his 40th year as a collegiate choral conductor, his choirs and workshops have been featured throughout the U. S. and Europe. A Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge University, Dr. Dickson sang with Sir David Willcocks and The Bach Choir; a second post-doctoral fellowship allowed him to serve as David Hill’s assistant conductor. He is the Founding Director of the Oxbridge C. S. Lewis Choral Institute.


John Ratledge, Professor Emeritus, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, was the Conductor of University Singers, Area Coordinator of Graduate Choral Conducting, and Director of Choral Activities during his twelve-year tenure at The University. Ratledge made his European orchestral conducting debut in 1996 with the Filharmonia Sudecka of Walbrzych and Wroclaw, and Poland, and since then, he has conducted orchestras in France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, and Spain. During his tenure at Shorter College of Rome, Georgia, the Shorter Chorale distinguished itself nationally and internationally by giving the world premiere of the full orchestral version of the Duruflé Requiem in Poland, Hungary, Romania, and Greece and the organ version premiere of the same work in Bulgaria; the world premiere of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms in Poland, and the St. Petersburg, Russia world premieres of Handel’s Messiah in English and Corigliano’s Fern Hill. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Bassi Brugnatelli International Conducting and Singing Symposium held annually in Robbiate, Italy, and he is the editor of the new Javier Busto Choral Series of Carl Fischer Music Publishers. Ratledge currently is the Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa.



2021 San Antonio Adjudicators and Clinicians


Adjudicators
 

Dianne Brumley Director of Choral Studies, Emerita University of Texas Rio Grande Valley-Brownsville Canyon Lake, TX

Dianne Brumley is Director of Choral Music Studies and Professor of Music Education, Emerita at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley – Brownsville. She was appointed in 2003 and was the first person to hold the position of Director of Choral Studies at the University. Brumley was the founding conductor of the University Master Chorale. During her ten-year tenure at UTRGV, the Master Chorale was selected to perform at the 2011 Texas Music Educators Association Convention and toured internationally. Brumley also served for 20 years as the founding Conductor and Artistic Director of the South Texas Chorale and Orchestra.

Brumley is a frequent guest conductor, clinician, motivational speaker and adjudicator throughout Texas and the United States. Currently, she serves as a choral music education consultant. Before her time with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Brumley was a successful choral music educator in public schools. Choirs under her direction were selected for honor performances at Texas Music Educators Association conventions, American Choral Directors Association regional and national conventions and a featured performance at the Texas Choral Directors Association convention. Active in Texas choral music endeavors for many years, in 2011 Brumley was honored to receive the Texas Choral Excellence Award and in 2018 the Texas Choir Master Award from the Texas Choral Directors Association.


Karen Kenaston-French Director of Choral Activities University of Texas Arlington Arlington, TX
Karen Kenaston-French’s Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas Arlington, where she conducts the A Cappella Choir, teaches graduate and undergraduate conducting, and heads the Vocal Area. Under her direction, the UTA A Cappella Choir performed at the National Collegiate Choral Organization convention in College Park Maryland (2019), gave invited performances at the Texas Music Educators Association state convention (2019 and 2014) and Southwestern Division Conference of ACDA (2016), and served as Ensemble-in-Residence for the National Student Conducting Competition at the American Choral Directors Association conference in Salt Lake City (2015).

The choir has made appearances with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Chorale, Texas Ballet Theatre, and the Fort Worth Symphony. Prior to her arrival at UTA, Dr. Kenaston-French served as Director of Choral Activities at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee, taught conducting at Southern Methodist University and the University of North Texas, and was director of music ministries at Plymouth Park United Methodist Church in Irving, Texas. She holds a B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan College, M.M. and M.S.M. degrees from Southern Methodist University, and a D.M.A. from the University of North Texas. In the 2019-2020 season Dr. Kenaston-French took over as Artistic Director/Conductor of the Ft. Worth Chorale, following Jerry McCoy as only the fifth conductor in the organization’s 56 year history.

In the 2019-2020 season Dr. Kenaston-French took over as Artistic Director/Conductor of the Ft. Worth Chorale, following Jerry McCoy as only the fifth conductor in the organization


Robert Simpson Artistic Director Houston Chamber Choir Lecturer of Church Music Shepherd School of Music, Rice University Canon for Music, Christ Church Cathedral Houston, TX

Robert Simpson is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Houston Chamber Choir. He also serves as Canon for Music at Houston’s historic Christ Church Cathedral, and Lecturer of Church Music at Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Chorus America awarded him the Michael Korn Founders Award for the Development of the Professional Choral Art and most recently awarded the Houston Chamber Choir the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence in 2018. Mr. Simpson is the recipient of the 2015 American Prize in Choral Conducting. Choirs under his direction have toured the United States, Europe and Mexico, and performed before national conventions of Chorus America, the American Choral Directors Association, The American Guild of Organists, The Association of Anglican Musicians, and The Hymn Society of America. They have appeared nationally on CBS-TV, ABC-TV and American Public Radio. Mr. Simpson is married to Marianna Parnas-Simpson, the noted children’s choir conductor.

Clinicians

Lynne Gackle Director of Choral Activities Mary Gibbs Jones Chair Professor of Ensembles Baylor University Waco, TX

Lynne is Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University and holds the Mary Jane Gibbs Professor of Music Chair. She conducts Baylor Bella Voce, Baylor Concert Choir, teaches choral conducting, choral literature and serves as the Director of the Ensemble Division. Prior to her Baylor appointment, Lynne taught at the University of South Florida, University of Mississippi and the University of Miami (FL). She received her education from LSU (BME) and the University of Miami (MM/PhD). Lynne is an active choral clinician and conductor, nationally and internationally. She has held various positions within the American Choral Directors Association, including President, Southern Division and ACDA-Florida and served as the TCDA-VP of Collegiate/Community Choirs. She currently serves as the National President for the American Choral Directors Association. Gackle is the editor of Choral Artistry for the Singer (Walton Music/GIA) and the Lynne Gackle Choral Series (Colla Voce). Internationally recognized for her research on the female adolescent voice, Lynne is the author of Finding Ophelia’s Voice, Opening Ophelia’s Heart in addition to contributing-author for other books published by GIA, Oxford, and Lead Author for Voices In Concert

(Hal Leonard/McGraw Hill). Gackle was awarded Baylor’s Outstanding Faculty Award in Research (2012).

Allen Hightower Director of Choral Studies University of North Texas Denton, TX

Allen Hightower is the Director of Choral Studies at the University of North Texas where he serves as conductor of the A Cappella Choir and the Grand Chorus and oversees a comprehensive choral program that includes eight choral ensembles. Dr. Hightower leads the master’s and doctoral programs in choral conducting. As a member of UNT’s Early Music Faculty, he leads the vocal ensemble Vox Aquilae, an artist partner of the UNT Baroque Orchestra. Previously, Dr. Hightower was the first holder of the Weston Noble Endowed Chair in Music at Luther College where he served as conductor of the renowned Nordic Choir and Artistic Director of Christmas at Luther. As Luther’s Director of Choral Activities, he gave leadership to a choral program that included six choirs and over 530 singers. From 2000-2010, Dr. Hightower served as Director of Choral Activities at Sam Houston State University. During his tenure, the SHSU Chorale performed for the 2007 ACDA National Convention, the 2010 ACDA Southwestern Division, and the 2003, 2006, and 2010 conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association. From 1992-1996 he was Director of Choirs at Odessa Permian High School and led the PHS Kantorei and Chamber Orchestra in performance at TMEA in 1996.


Sandra Snow Professor of Choral Conducting & Music Education Michigan State University College of Music Conductor, mirabai East Lansing, MI

Sandra Snow As conductor, pedagogue, and scholar, Sandra Snow is widely acknowledged as one who brings singers of all ages and abilities to artful performance through an understanding of the music and its context in the world around them. As Professor of Choral Conducting and Music Education at the Michigan State University College of Music, the MSU Women’s Chamber Ensemble has appeared as featured performers at American Choral Directors Association conventions at state, regional, and national levels. As guest conductor, she travels extensively in North America and abroad.

In 2017 Snow created mirabai, a project-based professional women’s chorus. mirabai features alumna associated with the MSU Women’s Chamber Ensemble. mirabai was a featured ensemble at the Texas Choral Director’s Association conference in 2018. The inaugural recording, Ecstatic Songs, was released in 2018. Snow is author of the DVD “Conducting-Teaching: Real World Strategies for Success” published by GIA (2009), a resource for conductor-teachers at all levels of teaching. She edits the choral music series In High Voice published by Boosey & Hawkes. Snow is the Artistic Director of the American Institute for Choral Teacher Education produced annually at MSU. Snow is a recipient of the Michigan State University William J. Beal Award for Outstanding Faculty, the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award, and the Dortha J. and John D. Withrow award for Excellence in Teaching.


2020 North Texas Adjudicators and Clinicians


Adjudicators
 

Dr. David Means recently accepted the position as Director of Choral Studies at Victoria College in Victoria, TX where he is also the Music Department Coordinator and the conductor of the Victoria Civic Chorus. Most recently he was Director of Choral Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Conductor of the Valley Symphony Chorale and Founder/Artistic Director of the Valley Choral Artists. Means has also taught on the faculties of the Grammy winning Westwood High School in Austin, TX, Cuero High School, University of Southern California and Christopher Newport University, and has more than fifteen years experience teaching public school choirs in Texas and California.

Means is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician, and has led concert tours across the United States, Europe, Asia and Mexico. He recently conducted the Duruflé Requiem with orchestra in Buffalo, NY, and in March 2000, Dr. Means was the first invited conductor for the Kanto Plains American High School Honors Choir Festival in Tokyo, Japan. He adjudicates regularly for choral festivals across the United States and has served on the international juries of the Preveza International Choral Festival in Greece (2016) and the International Choir Championships Lege Artis is Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina (2019). He has given workshops and lectures in Hawaii, Texas, West Virginia, Minnesota and Florida. Through American Classic Tours, Dr. Means has recently begun a yearly study tour to Leipzig, Germany where the group attends the annual BachFest attending rehearsals and concerts of the world’s leading performers.


Joshua Oppenheim received his B.M. from Western Michigan University, his M.M. at the University of Mississippi, and his D.M.A. in Choral Conducting at the University of North Texas. His choirs have been selected to perform at state conferences (2009 Concert Choir; 2012 Men’s Choir); regional conferences (2012 Concert Choir; 2016 In A Chord); 2018 Concert Choir) national conferences (2104 Men’s Choir; 2015 In A Chord; 2017 Concert Choir) and international conferences (2018 Concert Choir) He has been engaged as guest conductor and clinician in Carnegie Hall (2014, 2016) ) the National Cathedral (2018) Singapore (2015), and Dubai (2015); and had done additional study at Trinity College Cambridge, England.

He has been engaged as presenter, judge, and conductor in Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Western and Southwestern division ACDA conferences.


Trent Patterson conducts the Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, and teaches conducting and choral literature, at Webster University in Saint Louis. Under his leadership, Webster’s Chamber Singers have been selected by peer review to perform for state, regional and national conferences. Choirs under Dr. Patterson’s direction have appeared with Josh Groban in Saint Louis, Clearwater, Orlando, Kansas City, and have collaborated with The Boston Camerata and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Patterson has appeared as clinician in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas.

Known for his knowledge of choral, solo vocal, and operatic repertoire, Patterson has appeared as collaborative pianist throughout the United States and abroad. Patterson has served as an opera répétiteur at the American Institute of Musical Studies (Graz, Austria) where he previously was a Fisher-Tye Fellow studying German Lieder and vocal coaching with noted pianist Harold Heiberg.

Patterson holds a DMA in choral conducting from Michigan State University. He received a MA in choral conducting from San José State University and a BME from The Florida State University. Dr. Patterson thanks influential mentors Charlene Archibeque, Judy Bowers, David Rayl, Sandra Snow, André J. Thomas, and others who continue to inspire him today.

Clinicians

 


Lynn Gackle, is the Director of Choral Activities at Baylor University and holds the Mary Jane Gibbs Professor of Music Chair.  She conducts Baylor Bella Voce, Baylor Concert Choir, teaches choral conducting, choral literature and serves as the Director of the Ensemble Division.  Prior to her Baylor appointment, Lynne taught at the University of South Florida, University of Mississippi and the University of Miami (FL).  She received her education from LSU (BME) and the University of Miami (MM/PhD).  Lynne is an active choral clinician and conductor, nationally and internationally.  She has held various positions within the American Choral Directors Association, including President, Southern Division and ACDA-Florida and served as the TCDA-VP of Collegiate/Community Choirs.   She currently serves as the National Vice President for the American Choral Directors Association.

Gackle is the editor of Choral Artistry for the Singer  (Walton Music/GIA) and the Lynne Gackle Choral Series  (Colla Voce).  Internationally recognized for her research on the female adolescent voice, Lynne is the author of Finding Ophelia’s Voice, Opening Ophelia’s Heart in addition to contributing-author for other books published by GIA, Oxford, and Lead Author for Voices In Concert (Hal Leonard/McGraw Hill).   Gackle was awarded Baylor’s Outstanding Faculty Award in Research (2012).


Cameron F. LaBarr is director of choral studies at Missouri State University where he leads a comprehensive choral program including over 250 singers in eight choirs. He holds a Bachelor of Music from Missouri State University and he earned a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of North Texas. He has completed further study in choral music and conducting with Simon Carrington and Alice Parker. Choirs under his direction have been selected for performance at the Tennessee Music Education Association Conference, Tennessee ACDA Conference, Missouri Music Educators Association Conference, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, National Collegiate Choral Organization, National ACDA, Southwest ACDA, Intercollegiate Men’s Choruses National Seminar, the China International Chorus Festival and the IFCM World Voices Conference. Dr. LaBarr has worked as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia, most recently presenting at the China International Chorus Festival (2016 and 2018). In 2019, Dr. LaBarr will serve on the jury panel for the 8th Bali International Choir Festival and will guest conduct the Limerick Sings International Choral Festival (Ireland).


Sandra Snow, conductor, pedagogue, and scholar, is widely acknowledged as one who brings singers of all ages and abilities to artful performance through an understanding of the music and its context in the world around them. The MSU Women’s Chamber Ensemble has appeared as featured performers at American Choral Directors Association conventions at state, regional, and national levels. As guest conductor, she travels extensively in North America and abroad.  In 2017 Snow created mirabai, a project-based professional women’s chorus.  mirabai features alumna associated with the MSU Women’s Chamber Ensemble.  mirabai was a featured ensemble at the Texas Choral Director’s Association conference in 2018.  The inaugural recording, Ecstatic Songs, was released in 2018.

Snow is author of the DVD “Conducting-Teaching: Real World Strategies for Success” published by GIA (2009), a resource for conductor-teachers at all levels of teaching. She edits the choral music series In High Voice published by Boosey & Hawkes. Snow is the Artistic Director of the American Institute for Choral Teacher Education produced annually at MSU.  Snow is a recipient of the Michigan State University William J. Beal Award for Outstanding Faculty, the MSU Teacher-Scholar Award, and the Dortha J. and John D. Withrow award for Excellence in Teaching.


2021 North Texas Adjudicators and Clinicians


Adjudicators

James C. Franklin Director of Choral ActivitiesEast Carolina University School of Music Greenville, NC

James C. Franklin is the Director of Choral Activities at East Carolina University where he conducts the internationally renowned ECU Chamber Singers, directs the graduate program in choral conducting, and teaches undergraduate conducting. Recent honors include invitations to perform at the National ACDA Conference (Kansas City, MO), European Grand Prix for Choral Singing (Varna, Bulgaria), SW-ACDA Conference (Little Rock, AR), Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC), and Duke Chapel (Durham, NC). Franklin remains active as a guest conductor and clinician with frequent invitations across the United States. In addition to his duties at ECU, Franklin remains active as a singer. He has performed with many professional choirs including the Grammy-nominated South Dakota Chorale, Taylor Festival Choir, Orpheus Chamber Singers, Dallas Bach Society, Houston Bach Society, and Fuma Sacra of New Jersey. Recent recording projects include CDs with Taylor Festival Choir (2018) and South Dakota Chorale (2016 & 2014). Prior to his conducting at the collegiate level, he taught public high school and middle school choir in Texas. An active member of ACDA, IFCM, TMEA and TCDA, he has often served as a clinician and adjudicator. He received his BME, vocal emphasis, from Baylor University, his MM in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College, and his DMA degree from the University of North Texas.


Dr. Joey M. Martin Professor of Music Director of Choral Studies Associate Dean College of Fine Arts and Communication Texas State University San Marcos, TX

Dr. Joey M. Martin is Professor of Music at Texas State University where he serves as the Director of Choral Studies, and Associate Dean for the College of Fine Arts and Communication. He directs the internationally acclaimed Texas State Chorale and teaches graduate courses in conducting, choral literature, and rehearsal technique. For seven years he served as the National ACDA Repertoire and Resources Chair for College and University Choirs and continues his professional service with the National Collegiate Choral Organization. Dr. Martin has conducted honor choirs and presented master classes and clinics in twenty-seven of the United States and in fifteen countries on six continents. Under his direction, Texas State Chorale has toured internationally including much of Europe, South Africa and China with performances for numerous conferences including TMEA, SWACDA, ACDA, and the International Kodály Festival. In 2019, he was appointed to the Fulbright Specialist roster to represent the United States throughout the world. In his spare time, he dreams of culinary school.


Richard Robbins Director of Choral Activities Assistant Professor of Music University of Minnesota Duluth Duluth, MN

Richard Robbins is the director of choral activities at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he conducts the University Singers and Chamber Singers and teaches choral conducting and methods. Robbins travels extensively as a conductor for choral festivals and honor choirs across the country, with recent engagements in New York City, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago; he recently completed an international conducting residency at the Krakow Academy of Music. His early music editions are published internationally, and he has presented on a range of topics for organizations, including the American Choral Directors Association and internationally at Warsaw’s Chopin Conservatory of Music and the upcoming 2020 World Symposium of Choral Music. Robbins has prepared choirs for the Houston Ballet and the Houston Symphony, and he is the chorus master of the Duluth Superior Symphony Chorus. Choral groups under Robbins’ direction have performed for state ACDA conferences and have earned awards at numerous festivals. He taught choral music in at South Houston High School and Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where he was named Teacher of the Year. He works with young tenors and basses as a staff member of the Lake Superior Youth Chorus, and is also a festival conductor for the American Federation Pueri Cantores, the Vatican’s youth music organization. He performed at the San Antonio Madrigal Festival as a high school teacher and also conducted SHHS and HSPVA Chamber Choirs at this event.

Clinicians

Brian A. Schmidt Associate Professor of Choral Music Director of Graduate Choral Studies Baylor UniversityWaco, TX

Brian A. Schmidt is Associate Professor of Choral Music and Director of Graduate Choral Studies at Baylor University, where he conducts the Baylor A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers. He teaches graduate applied lessons, graduate choral conducting and literature courses, and guides graduate conducting recitals. He is also founder and director of the International Choral Conducting Masterclass and Young Artist Program, a weeklong intensive summer program. Schmidt is founder and Artistic Director of the GRAMMY-nominated South Dakota Chorale, a professional choir based in Sioux Falls, SD where he has grown the ensemble’s artistic presence through commercial recordings and an international recording contract in 2014 with PENTATONE, a Dutch classical label. Previously Schmidt served at Duke University Chapel where he conducted the Duke Vespers Ensemble and founded several new ventures including the monthly Bach Cantata Series and Cappella Baroque (a professional period-instrument orchestra) along with publishing recordings on the MSR Classics label.


Z. Randall Stroope Regents Professor Doug and Nickie Burns Endowed Chair of Choral Music Oklahoma State University Stillwater, OK

Z. Randall Stroope is a Regents Professor and Doug and Nickie Burns Endowed Chair of Choral Music at the Greenwood School of Music at Oklahoma State University where he serves as Director of Choral and Vocal Studies. In the last two years, Randall has had conducting engagements in Salzburg, Dublin, Vienna, Rome, Barcelona, Prague, Singapore, Hong Kong,Cambridge, and St. John (Canada). Randall has also conducted music for mass at the Vatican every year since 2009, conducted 36 times at Carnegie Hall, 16 times at Chicago Orchestra Hall and directed his 47th all-state choir this year. Randall has toured 23 countries with ensembles under his direction, including China, South Africa, Japan, Italy, Latvia, Sweden, Norway, Singapore, Estonia, Ukraine, Romania, Germany, France, and England. In 2017, the Oklahoma State University Concert Chorale, under Randall’s direction, performed at the American Choral Directors Association national convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a composer, Randall has published 180 musical works (instrumental, solo voice, and choral). One of his works was performed by the London Symphony on their 2015 holiday series. Randall completed a Master of Music (Voice Performance) degree at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Doctor of Musical Arts (Choral Conducting) degree at Arizona State University. He did post graduate work with Margaret Hillis, Chorus Master of the Chicago Symphony.


Dr. Julie Yu Professor of MusicCo-Director of Choral Studies School of Music, Theatre & Dance Kansas State University Manhattan, KS

Dr. Julie Yu is Professor and Co-Director of Choral Studies at Kansas State University where she oversees and conducts the undergraduate choral ensembles and the masters in music choral program. Her choirs have performed in Carnegie Hall, in Hawaii, the National Cathedral in Washington DC, as well as in Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Ireland, and Italy. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from the University of Central Oklahoma, Master of Music degree in choral conducting from Oklahoma State University, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from the University of North Texas. Before joining the Kansas State faculty, she taught at Norman North High School in Norman, Oklahoma and San José State University. She has given presentations, conducted, and/or her choirs have performed for state and regional conferences of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, and the European Music Educators Association Conferences. She is the president of the Southwestern Region of the American Choral Directors Association. She serves as a member of the Kansas State University Faculty Senate. She was selected as an International Conducting Exchange Fellow for the American Choral Directors Association to Kenya.



North Texas Results


2020 Madrigal Results

Thank you and congratulations to the singers and directors of the participating choirs who made North Texas Madrigal & Chamber Choir Festival 2020 a celebration of fine choral music!

First Place and 2021 Honor Choir
Midway Chamber Singers, Jeff Rice, Director

1st Runner-up
Plano Chamber Singers, Clorese Gray-Porter and Reza Azizi, Directors

2nd Runner-up
Heritage Concert Choir, Riley McKay Worthen, Director

3rd Runner-up
Conroe Cantare, Clay West, Director

Performances of Distinction, in alphabetical order:

  • Arlington Chamber Singers, Mason Barlow, Director
  • Bridgeland Chamber Choir, Chris Fiorini, Director
  • Coppell Madrigals, Bona Coogle, Aaron Coronado, Directors
  • Klein Collins Tiger Singers, Elizabeth Marks, Director
  • Magnolia Chorale, Jennifer Franz-Melady, Director
  • North Mesquite Chamber Choir, Ryan Forkner, Director
  • Oak Ridge Chamber Choir, Elisa West, Thomas Kane, Directors
  • Sachse Chamber Choir, Joshua McGuire, Director

2019 Madrigal Results

Congratulations to the singers and directors who made the Inaugural North Texas Madrigal and Chamber Choir Festival a hallmark of quality repertoire and performance. 

First Place and 2020 Honor Choir
Timber Creek Chamber Choir, Adrian Kirtley, Director

1st Runner-up
Kinder HSPVA Madrigal Singers, Shannon Carter, Director

2nd Runner-up
Midway Chamber Singers Jeff Rice, Director

3rd Runner-up
J.J. Pearce Forte, Michael Lysinger & Laura Taylor, Directors

Performances of Distinction, in alphabetical order:

  • Anderson Chamber Choir, David Beussman & Meredith Phillips, Directors
  • Bowie Silver Sound Ensemble, Cody Parrott, Director
  • Chisholm Trail Ranger Vocal Band, Charlie Winkley, Carla Hardy, & Jared Hardy, Directors
  • Yukon (OK) Chamber Singers, Darin Chapin, Director

San Antonio Past Results


2020 Madrigal Results

Thank you and congratulations to the singers and directors of the participating choirs who made the San Antonio Madrigal & Chamber Choir Festival 2020 a celebration of fine choral music!

First Place and 2021 Honor Choir
Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Madrigal Singers, Shannon Carter, Director

1st Runner-up
The Kingwood Madrigals, Jason Watt, Director

2nd Runner-up
Montgomery Madrigals, Heather Orr, Director

3rd Runner-up
Reagan Chamber Singers, Mary Cowart, Director

Performances of Distinction, in alphabetical order:

  • Anderson Chamber Choir, David Beussman & Meredith Phillips, Directors
  • Burleson Centennial Chamber Singers, Eric L. Cooley, Director
  • Cinco Ranch Bravo, Dorothy Wilson, Director
  • Cypress Creek Chamber Choir, Sharon F. Paul & Alexander Bruce, Directors
  • Cypress Ranch Chamber Choir, Cynthia Douglas & Adam Bishea, Directors
  • James E. Taylor Expressions, Kevin Riehle, Director
  • Jersey Village Chamber Choir, Gregory Moore & Stefanie Stephens, Directors
  • Klein Oak Chamber Choir, James Kritikos, Director
  • Langham Creek Chamber Singers, Andrea Loer & Kirstie McCallum, Directors
  • Pearland Kantorei, Michael Kessler & Jon Marcum, Directors
  • Round Rock Dragon Chorale, Jamieson McCaffity & Raegan Grantham, Directors
  • Seven Lakes Chamber Singers, Klint Jordan & Elizabeth Tait, Directors
  • The Woodlands Chamber Choir, Patrick Newcomb, Director
  • Tomball Memorial Major Chords, Jed Ragsdale & Kimberly Dillow, Directors
  • Vandegrift Chamber Choir, Michael Zook, Director
  • Vista Ridge Ovation, Steve White & Becky Azard, Directors
  • Westlake Madrigals, Edward Snouffer, Director

2019 Madrigal Results

Congratulations to the singers and directors of the 38 participating choirs who made Mad Fest 2019 a celebration of fine choral music! 

First Place and 2020 Honor Choir
Cy-Fair Singers, Nicholas Likos, Director.

1st Runner-up
Cypress Ranch Chamber Choir, Cynthia Douglas/Adam Bishea, Directors

2nd Runner-up
Reagan Chamber Singers, Mary Cowart, Director

3rd Runner-up
Pearland Kantorei, Michael Kessler/Jon Marcum, Directors.

Performances of Distinction, in alphabetical order:

  • Centennial Chamber Singers, Eric Cooley, Director
  • Colleyville Heritage Chamber Choir, Thomas Rinn, Director
  • Conroe Cantare, Clay West, Director
  • Cypress Creek Chamber Choir, Sharon Paul/Alexander Bruce, Directors
  • Cypress Woods Chamber Choir, Jason Womack, Director
  • Garland Celebration Singers, Riley Worthen, Director
  • Klein Oak Chamber Choir, James Kritikos, Director
  • Kingwood Madrigals, Jason Watt, Director
  • Langham Creek Chamber Singers, Chris Fiorini/Andrea Loer, Directors
  • Montgomery Madrigals, Heather Orr/Andre Trahan, Directors
  • Seven Lakes Chamber Singers, Emily Chandler, Director
  • Spring Chamber Choir, Stephanie Hicks/Josh Levine, Directors
  • Tomball Memorial Major Chords, Jed Ragsdale, Director
  • Vandegrift Chamber Choir, Michael Zook, Director

2018 Madrigal Results

First Place and 2019 Honor Choir The Woodlands Chamber Choir Patrick Newcomb, Director

First Runner Up Midway Chambers Singers Jeff Rice, Director

Second Runner Up Vandergrift Chamber Choir Michael Zook, Director

Third Runner Up Kingwood Madrigals Jason Watt, Director

Performances of Distinction

  • Arlington Chamber Singers, Mason Barlow, Director
  • Centennial Chamber Singers, Eric Cooley, Director
  • Conroe Cantare, Clay West, Director
  • Cy Fair Singers, Nicholas Likos, Director
  • Cypress Ranch Chamber Choir, Cynthia Douglas/Adam Bishea, Directors
  • Cypress Woods Chamber Choir, Jason Womack, Director
  • Garland Celebration Singers, Cheryl Wilson, Director
  • Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Madrigal Singers, Shannon Carter, Director
  • J.J. Pearce Forte, Michael Lysinger, Director
  • Langham Creek Chamber Singers, Christopher Fiorini, Director
  • Montgomery Madrigals, Heather Orr, Director
  • Pearland Kantorei, Michael Kessler, Director
  • Seven Lakes Chamber Singers, Emily Chandler, Director
  • Taylor Expressions, Kevin Riehle, Director

Adjudicators Diane Brumley, Emerita, University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley – Brownsville Karen Kenaston – French, University of Texas Arlington Joshua Oppenheim, Kansas State University

Clinicians John Dickson, Louisiana State University Allen Hightower, University of North Texas Julie Yu, Kansas State University

2017 Madrigal Results

First Place and 2018 Honor Choir Reagan High School Mary Cowart, Director

First Runner Up Midway High School Jeff Rice, Director

Second Runner Up Langham Creek High School Chris Fiorini, Director

Third Runner Up Vandegrift High School Michael Feris, Director

Performances of Distinction

  • Arlington High School, Mason Barlow Director
  • Clear Brook High School, Jon Marcum, Director
  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Thomas Rinn, Director
  • Cypress Creek High School, Sharon Paul, Director
  • Garland High School, Cheryl Wilson, Director
  • Magnolia High School, Jennifer Franz-Melady, Director
  • Pearce High School, Michael Lysinger, Director
  • Pearland High School, Michael Kessler, Director
  • The Woodlands High School, Patrick Newcomb, Director
  • Vista Ridge High School, Steve White, Director


Adjudicators

  • Pam Elrod, Southern Methodist University
  • David Means, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • John Silantien, University of Texas at San Antonio


Clinicians

  • Rick Bjella, Texas Tech University
  • Jonathan Reed, Michigan State University School of Music
  • Sandra Snow, Michigan State University

2016 Madrigal Results

First Place and 2017 Honor Choir High School for Performing and Visual Arts   Shannon Carter, Director

First Runner Up Conroe High School   Clay West, Director

Second Runner Up Garland High School   Cheryl Wilson, Director

Third Runner Up Reagan High School   Mary Cowart, Director

Performances of Distinction

  • Arlington High School, Mason Barlow, Director
  • Clear Brook High School, Jon Marcum, Director
  • Colleyville Heritage High School, Thomas Rinn, Director
  • Cypress Creek High School, Sharon Paul, Director
  • Flower Mound High School, Mark Rohwer, Director
  • Jersey Village High School, Neena Taylor, Director
  • Langham Creek High School, Christopher Fiorini, Director
  • Magnolia High School, Jennifer Franz-Melady, Director
  • Midway High School, Jeff Rice, Director
  • Taylor High School, Kevin Riehle, Director
  • The Woodlands High School, Patrick Newcomb, Director
  • Vandegrift High School, Michael Feris, Director
  • Vista Ridge High School, Steve White, Director


Adjudicators

    • Randall Hooper, Texas A&M University

 

    • Cameron LaBarr, Missouri State University

 

    Gary Mabry, University of Texas at San Antonio


Clinicians
Kenneth Davis, Conductor, Artist, Educator John Ratledge, University of Alabama Betsy Cook Weber, University of Houston Moores School of Music

2015 Madrigal Results

First Place and 2016 Honor Choir Pearland Kantorei, Pearland ISD Derrick Bready, Conductor

Adjudicators

  • Dianne Brumley, University of Texas at Brownsville
  • Karen Kenaston-Fren